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Ward off Climate Change

About the author

Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

$32 billion Lost Opportunity

by Gary 10/26/2007 9:36:00 AM

Both the Liberal and Labor Parties have lost an outstanding opportunity to commit significant funds to combating climate change.

Recent research conducted by the Lowy Institute showed that 47% of Australians believe that tackling climate change is either our most important or our second-most important goal, placing it alongside education and health care in terms of importance.

The spending commitments by both major parties on programs to address climate change pale into insignificance when compared to their commitments on education and health care.

This lack of funding is even more disturbing in light of the latest report from the UN claiming that “a sixth major extinction is under way, this time caused by human behaviour.” Read more on this report below.

In this country we have access to low emission motor vehicles and a wide range of home, office and leisure products that emit less carbon dioxide than those commonly used. We need to substantially increase rebates for people who decide to purchase and use these low emission products and to phase out non-compliant technologies.

We also need to work alongside high emission companies such as those in the resources sector and setting timely and achievable emission reduction targets.

I am shocked and disappointed that, with their recent tax announcements, the two main political parties have lost an opportunity to demonstrate well researched, planned and comprehensive policies and commitments to climate change.

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